politics of confrontation

Arvind Kejriwal, the head of Delhi government and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), reiterated what he has been saying for the past several years at a rally at the historic Ramlila Maidan on Sunday. There is nothing new but the context is definitely new. Regarding the ordinances related to the control of services during the rally, Kejriwal said that Delhi was first attacked and in the coming time such ordinances will be brought to other states as well.

The central government does not believe in the constitution, otherwise it would not have done such work. Narendra Modi does not accept the decision of the Supreme Court is Hitlershahi. In fact, since 2015, Kejriwal had started accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the lieutenant governors of Delhi of obstructing the functioning of the government. But now the reference is regarding the right of transfer posting of officers in Delhi Government. The Supreme Court had said in a judgment last month that the elected government in Delhi should get the right to transfer and post of officers. Along with this, it was also said that the Central Government could make any arrangements in this context. The Union Home Ministry constituted an authority in this context, headed by the Chief Minister and consisting of the Chief Secretary and the Principal Secretary of the Services Department. It is obvious that due to this the Chief Minister will not be able to transfer any bureaucrat arbitrarily. Chief Minister Kejriwal requested all the opposition parties to stop the passage of this ordinance in the monsoon session of Parliament.

They are well aware that it is difficult to stop the passage of the said Ordinance by both the Houses of the Parliament. There are some non-NDA opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha who always help the government in getting its bills passed. The biggest thing here is that Congress itself has become a big problem for Kejriwal. The leaders of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Party are openly calling this ordinance a good one and declaring that Kejriwal is the mastermind of the politics which is fatal for the Congress. Therefore, it will be difficult for the Congress to oppose the ordinance brought by the Central Government when it is brought in the Parliament to pass it in the form of a bill. The central leadership of Congress is also not openly supporting Kejriwal. The interesting thing is that months have passed since Kejriwal sought time from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and President Mallikarjun Kharge, but they haven’t given time yet.

The biggest question is that when Kejriwal claims that his government has worked very honestly in the education, health and transport sectors and on the other hand also alleges that he is not being allowed to work independently. I do not understand that when the Central Government and the Lieutenant Governor were not allowing their government to work, then they did so many things. The truth is that Delhi’s popular Chief Ministers Sheila Dixit, Sushma Swaraj, Sahib Singh Verma and Madan Lal Khurana also got the same rights but they never organized a rally at Ramlila Maidan or went to the Supreme Court to make such an uproar. The case was not contested. Where there is a will there is a way. If Kejriwal wants to work, the Center or any of its organizations cannot stop him.

Kejriwal also does what he wants. It is an excuse that the Center prevents them from working. If this were the case then all those decisions would not have happened due to which the ministers of the government are facing legal action. There are many things in politics, which are not said and there are many things which are said but not done. But it is not that the public is not aware of these truths. The new politics that Kejriwal had come to do is not visible, but the work he is doing is not much different from the parties doing traditional politics.

Now it is up to Kejriwal to think and decide whether the political method he is adopting will have an impact on his political future. As far as today’s speech is concerned, using low level words by a Chief Minister for an elected Prime Minister would not be considered appropriate in a healthy democratic system. (sp)

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